18 Jul

Durham City Festival announces top line-up of speakers

Ben Smith will be one of those in attendance

In news that will further add to the attraction of this year’s Durham City Run Festival, organisers have confirmed that a number of experts and high-profile speakers from the world of running will take over the Gala Theatre and Millennium Square next week.

On Thursday (25 July) international athlete turned coach Lewis Moses will get the speaker programme off to an energetic start with 'Warm-up like the Elites' when he will provide runners with practical tips and demonstrations to aid their training.

The session will be an ideal curtain raiser ahead of the Prince Bishops Durham City 10K and 5Ks later that evening.  Lewis will tackle the 10k, along with his wife Gemma Hillier-Moses, who will also be part of the speaker programme during the festival.

The following day, the speaker programme gets into full swing and includes, among others: Ben Smith, talking about his incredible feat of completing 401 marathons in 401 days for anti-bullying charities; Olympic middle-distance athlete Tom Lancashire, who will give an insight into how he uses gene mapping to help devise bespoke training programmes; plus Paul Hobrough, a physio to elite athletes who is at the forefront of new innovations in treatment and recovery.

On Saturday 27 July, the Durham City Run Festival’s speaker programme comes to an exciting climax with a masterclass on Running a Marathon, delivered by Paula Radcliffe and Ben Smith at 4:00pm. Fans of long-distance running are expected to pack the Gala Theatre to hear about the duo’s experiences and insight into running 26 miles and 385 yards.

The speakers will form part of what is already shaping up to be an incredible few days of running-related activities next week, which includes the big 10K and 5K races, films, book signings, the global debut of Paula Radcliffe’s Families on Track and a celebration of the life of Sir Roger Bannister.

Places for these events can be booked here.